ATOMIC Day in Schladming: two victories, three crystal globes and many tears of happiness! Marcel Hirscher risked everything in the second heat on his ATOMIC D2 RACE and it paid off – his 9th victory of the season, resulting in the victory of the giant slalom World Cup and the leadership of the overall World Cup by 25 points before the final slalom on Sunday. Michaela Kirchgasser won the slalom and Marlies Schild, ranking third, won her 5th crystal globe.
Marcel Hirscher closed his eyes in the finish and enjoyed the cheers and screams of thousands of ski fans that created stadium atmosphere in the World Championships finish of Schladming. Then he screamed of happiness and lifted the giant slalom crystal globe up to the blue sky. “Actually I don’t get anything now. I’ve never risked this much in my career as I just did in the second run. Everyone was talking about this stupid glass bowl. Pressure was immense. It means so much to me that I won the giant slalom crystal globe and that the overall World Cup will work out for me”, Marcel Hirscher was sputtering in his first interview. And then added, “Fighting pays off and you also have to be lucky.” In tomorrow’s slalom the 23-year-old athlete from Salzburg has the chance to catch up the 50 points he’s missing to take over the slalom ranking.
Birthday present for Kirchgasser, tears of happiness for Schild
It’s Michaela Kirchgasser’s 27th birthday tomorrow, but she already has a reason to celebrate today: in the final slalom in Schladming she achieved her second victory of the season. For the athlete from Filzmoos this resulted in the 2nd place behind Marlies Schild in the slalom ranking. Marlies Schild, after an almost perfect season, finished on 3rd place. After 6 victories, 2 second and 1 sixth place she won the slalom crystal globe for the forth time, her fifth small crystal globe in total. At the medal ceremony, Marlies Schild shed some tears of happiness and emotion. It was ATOMIC Day in Schladming.